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Forres welcomes the Year of the Snake

Date Added - 05/02/13

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For a second year Forres will be offering a flavour of the colour and excitement of a very different culture next week as it welcomes in the Chinese New Year.

A packed programme of events is planned for February 11 to 17 to mark the arrival of the Year of the Snake.

The celebrations are being organised by the Shen Foundation in partnership with the Falconer Museum supported by funding from Moray LEADER, the Forres Area Forum and the Friends of the Falconer Museum.

The programme will include calligraphy workshops for adults and families, tea tasting and talks on freshwater pearls and the ancient art of face mask changing.

There will also be the chance to try tai chi and to find out more about Chinese medicinal treatments.

The museum will showcase Treasures from China, featuring spectacular artefacts from Sichuan province brought over especially for the week.

Schoolchildren in the Forres area have been enjoying a taste of Chinese opera, language and culture, with over 40 workshops being held in the run-up to the New Year celebrations, while teaching staff at Forres Academy have been benefiting from tai chi workshops to boost their health and wellbeing.

 The week’s activities will culminate in an extravaganza at Forres Town Hall featuring the famous Glasgow Hong Lok Lion Dance Troupe along with various other attractions.

Valerie Wardlaw, visitor development officer with Moray Council’s museums service, said: “Understanding China and Chinese culture is going to be very important for the economic future of Scotland.

“The Forres Chinese New Year festivities will provide an introduction to this very ancient and very different culture through a programme of colourful, fun and informative activities.”

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